It is the golden age of podcasts today. For an outlay of zero dollars a month, users on laptops, iPhones and Android phones can access a wealth of high-quality audio entertainment and information.

Big names, among them talk show hosts Conan O’Brien and Graham Norton, restaurateur David Chang and husband-and-wife comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon have their own podcasts, but this list will stick to lesser-known producers who deserve a wider audience.

The podcasts listed here can be found in the usual Apple and Android apps, as well through streaming services such as Spotify and podcatchers such as iTunes.


Love listening to podcasts on the go? Find up to 10 podcast series by The Straits Times and Business Times at ST Podcasts or on Spotify, and Apple and Google podcast apps.

Money Hacks

Hosted by Chris Lim and Ernest Luis, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips with expert guests.

Health Check

Hosted by Joyce Teo and Ernest Luis, The Straits Times (ST) guides you to healthier living and clears up coronavirus medical issues with expert guests.

Green Pulse

Hosted by Audrey Tan and David Fogarty, ST analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change.

Bookmark This!

Perfect for this stay-at-home period, as hosts Olivia Ho and Toh Wen Li talk about books in the headlines and sizzling reads for ST.


A podcast by The Straits Times that examines all the ins and outs of pop culture, be it Asian entertainment or Hollywood. With people spending more time at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the #PopVultures round up some of the best and worst celebrity moments on social media.

Was Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot‘s rendition of John Lennon‘s Imagine tone deaf in more ways than one? How did American rapper Cardi B‘s famous “corona-VIRUS” rant enter the Billboard charts? Are British diver Tom Daley‘s shirtless home workouts the thirst trap that everyone needs?

Pop Vultures
From left: JJ Lin, Cardi B, Tom Daley, Gal Gadot.PHOTO: JFJ PRODUCTIONS, INSTAGRAM & YOUTUBE

Host Jan Lee and Yeo Sam Jo also review some of the online concerts that have sprung up lately – from JJ Lin‘s live birthday fan meet to the iHeart Living Room Concert For America starring the likes of Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys and Billie Eilish.

Finally, the #PopVultures recommend some entertainment to combat cabin fever and boredom: From TikTok dance challenges and true crime documentaries like Tiger King to digital drag shows and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.


Join Money FM 89.3‘s Bernard Lim and the ST sports desk as they discuss every week’s big sports issues.

This article originally appeared on The Straits Times.

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